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The Clinton Item

CLINTON — Worcester County Sheriff Lewis Evangelidis introduced the Drug Prevention Program Face2Face to eighth-grade students at Clinton Middle School last week as part of the Sheriff’s Substance Abuse Prevention and Education Initiative for Worcester County Schools.

The Face2Face System uses cutting edge technology and special computer software to simulate the shocking effects substance abuse can have on a person’s appearance over time. Students are able to see firsthand the potential devastating impact drug use can have on their very own classmates.

“I enjoyed my visit with the eighth-grade students at Clinton Middle School to present the Face2Face Program. It is extremely important and especially at this age that young adults see firsthand the damaging effects and devastating result that drugs and alcohol can have on both their appearance and their life,” Evangelidis said. “Almost 90 percent of the inmates incarcerated at the Worcester County House of Correction are addicted to drugs or alcohol; as sheriff, I have focused on prevention and education as the best way to keep our youth from starting on that direct path to prison.”

“It was a truly an outstanding presentation by Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis,” said Clinton Middle School Social Worker Danielle Bailey. “The Face2Face Program captured our students attention and enhanced their understanding of the impact of substance abuse. We cannot thank the sheriff enough for giving us this opportunity today and I recommend it to every school. We are looking forward to the sheriff’s visit to our high school with the Face2Face Program as well.”

The Face2Face Program was donated by individuals and businesses who are dedicated to the county’s youth and is presented personally by the sheriff to middle and high school students throughout Worcester County.

“Face2Face is an innovative drug prevention program designed to make students think twice before making that bad choice to begin drug and alcohol use,” Evangelidis said.